Lions Tigers and Bears

about Lions Tigers and Bears

Lions Tigers and Bears is a brand-new design studio, started in 2020, in part as a personal lock-down project by me, Gilles Vandenoostende, a creative technologist, webdesigner (and part-time indie game developer), based in Ghent, Belgium.

The aim of this company is to do great and interesting design work for anyone in need of it, in whatever form that might be: from a simple website, interactive installation, mobile app or even a video game. I can also do graphic design, illustration, motion graphics, or create new brands, styleguides and logos.

I can work solo, as well as along side other designers, developers, creatives or managers as the case may be. My role might be as little as a creative consultation, or as involved as a full design sprint from concept to final production. My broad set of skills and talents give me a unique perspective that can be of tremendous value to any business venture or digital project.

As well as being a banner for me to house my highly professional and often serious freelance design work, Lions Tigers and Bears is at its core also an artistic endeavour. So whenever I'm not working for clients, I shall be using the LTB brand to publish personal projects, chief of which will be my very own indie game: Von Neumann's Catastrophe, as well as other digital experiments in the near future.

These and more can be found at LTB Games.


Resumé

Philosophy

I want to help bridge the gap between Art and Technology, Science and Culture, Fun and Philosophy. I am a creative millipede who refuses to be pigeonholed into predictable categories. I like to wear many types of hats, literally and figuratively.

Experience

Lions Tigers and Bears, Ghent Belgium. 2020–Present
I've decided to go freelance and to start my own design firm/indie game-studio. In fact you're looking at its website right now!
Mantis Games and Cronos Interactive, Ghent Belgium. 2018–2020
Game designer, working on Journey For Elysium as well as concepts for future titles. Submitted multiple successful VAF projects.
Little Miss Robot and Leap Forward, Ghent Belgium. 2016–2018
Worked as UX designer and creative technologist, making prototypes for VR and AR, as well as working for clients such as VDAB, VLAIO, etc.
Duval Guillaume and Saatchi & Saatchi, Antwerp Belgium. 2013–2016
Hired as Creative Technologist in 2013. My job was to brainstorm with creative teams, but I also did Graphic Design and UX for Saatchi & Saatchi, who moved into our offices in 2014. Clients: Coca Cola, Carlsberg, Belfius, Samsonite, City of Antwerp, …
TBWA, Brussels Belgium. March 2012 – December 2013
Designer and Information Architect. Made prototypes, but I also did front-end development, 3D animation, and more. Left after I got a job-offer with Duval Guillaume. Clients: KBC, Telenet, MINI, PepsiCo, Spa, …
Proximity BBDO, Brussels Belgium. 2007–2012
Interactive Design, Front-end Development & Digital Creative. Left when I received an offer to join TBWA. Clients: KBC, Telenet, Chrysler/Dodge, PepsiCo, ING, Belgacom, …
Atmosphere BBDO, Brussels Belgium. 2006–2007
Junior Web-designer. Recruited out of college right after starting my Masters. Atmosphere was later merged with Direct BBDO & Proximity Brussels to form Proximity BBDO
Intern at The-Automatic, Liverpool UK. 2006
Enjoyed a 3 month placement abroad where I lived & worked as a 3D modeller and Flash developer. I got to work on several projects, including for the BBC.

Education

Bachelor in Multi-Media & Communciationstechnology PIH Kortrijk 2003-2006. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Awards & Honours

Here follows a list of some of the most important awards and honours I’ve received over the years.

Some of the awards and honours I've received over the years
AwardProjectClient
Cannes Lions 2013 – Gold Direct Lion, Silver Media Lion & Bronze Promo & Activation LionThe Gap In The MarketKBC
IAB MIXX AWARDS 2013 – Best Multiscreen Experience – SilverThe Pepsi Like MachinePepsico
IAB MIXX AWARDS 2013 – Online B2C Campaign – GoldThe Gap In The MarketKBC
IAB MIXX AWARDS 2013 – Best Optimised Site – SilverThe Gap In The MarketKBC
IAB MIXX AWARDS 2013 – Online B2C Campaign – SilverThe Talk HalfwayKBC
IAB MIXX AWARDS 2013 – Online B2C Campaign – Bronze"Mums know best" safety shopKBC
Adobe MAX Award 2009 - Advertising and BrandingPepsi Max ItPepsico
Best of Activation 2010 - Silver Media AwardHold Your LionPUB
Pub Cover Award 2009 - Special mentionHold Your LionPUB
Eurobest 2008 - Media finalist, Mixed MediaPepsi 4MaxPepsico
Eurobest 2008 - Interactive finalist, Interactive CampaignsPepsi 4MaxPepsico
Proximity Worldwide 2008 - SilverPepsi 4MaxPepsico
Best of Activation awards 2008 - Gold Advertisers Jury, Non-Alcoholic BeveragesPepsi 4MaxPepsico
Best of Activation awards 2008 - Gold Press JuryPepsi 4MaxPepsico
Best of Activation awards 2008 - Bronze Creative JuryPepsi 4MaxPepsico
Best of Activation Awards 2008 - Silver Advertisers Jury, ServicesKBC Word RocksterKBC
Multi-Mania 2006 - Finalist Best 3D Animation
Multi-Mania 2005 - Finalist Best Flash Productsite
Multi-Mania 2005 - Finalist Best Interactive DVD Project

References

Please contact me for a list of my references.

SKILLS OVERVIEW

Creative Technologist

A very broad job-description. From creative coding (processing, javascript), prototyping, 3D printing, to helping Art Directors and Copywriters come up with technological solutions to creative problems (and vice-versa).

Designer and illustrator

Typography, design, grids and illustration are my passion. Digital- and traditional painting are where I get my creative juices flowing.

User Experience Designer

In every digital project I've worked on (wether it's apps or websites), I've always strived to keep the needs of the user front and center at all times. I know all about usability testing, accessibility, wireframes and prototypes.

3D Technical Artist

Modelling, texturing, baking and rigging 3D assets to prepare them for use with modern 3D engines or web-frameworks.

Front-end developer

Using HTML5, CSS3 and modern javascript frameworks such as React.js, Three.js or Babylon.js I can build dynamic front-ends that can suit many purposes.

Digital Creative

As a digital native, I've been online since before browsers were even invented. Combined with my passion for creative expression I'm the guy you need to turn any idea into something that works online (or who will tell you when it won't).

Technology-specific experience

I know and have worked with the following applications, frameworks and technologies:

  • Unity 3D
  • C#
  • HTML5
  • React.js
  • Processing
  • Blender
  • Invision/Sketch
  • Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe After Effects
(listed in no particular order of preference - I'm technology agnostic and choose my tools based on the project, not on what I like working with most)